MEMPHIS BEAT “Flesh and Blood” Review

MEMPHIS BEAT (TNT) Flesh and Blood

MEMPHIS BEAT “Flesh and Blood” Season 2 Episode 4 – It occurred to me as I watched this episode that for a show about cops, Memphis Beat doesn’t always focus on catching “bad people.” More often than not, Dwight and the rest of the team are out to help the people who are victims of crimes or get involved in something way over their heads.

Take the case of a nun whose father is willing to sell her sister’s baby. This girl does everything she can to take on the problems of everyone around her; even going so far as to pretend to be the baby’s mother at first. Heck, she even tried to protect her father, the man that was threatening both her and her sister. Luckily Dwight comes to her rescue and takes some of the burden off of her shoulders, allowing her to go back to her life’s work, and reuniting a young family.

Add a baby into any television show and the cuteness factor rises by about ten; which is precisely what happened in this episode. However, I loved that the person who was most affected by that little girl was Sutton. It took what could have been nothing but a series of running gags and actually turned it into something kind of beautiful. So much so, that when the social worker came for the baby, I actually found myself getting a little weepy when he had to give her up.

My favorite bits..

Sutton’s fake laugh when the guy on the radio reminded him that apparently old ladies find him intoxicating.

Whitehead remarking on the room’s bold decorating choices.

“Problem is, most of them are guilty and a fair number of them are assholes.”

Dwight picking up the baby and calling her ‘Hey there beautiful.” – Aw, so adorable.

Rice singing her orders to the team to soothe the baby.

“I don’t know anything about babies, and I might be overstating my abilities.”

Sutton falling for that little baby in about three seconds.

Whitehead coming out of an interview with only a bag of snickerdoodles to show for it.

“Really? Have you actually ever seen a newborn squirrel?”

Sutton using the copier to put the baby to sleep. That’s the first time I’ve ever seen that particular method.

“Look at it this way, Whitehead. We sacrifice so that others might believe.”

Sutton naming the baby after an aunt who taught him how to salsa dance when he was eight.

“Where is our bundle of caffeine?”

Who would’ve thought that Elvis’ ‘Teddy Bear’ could be used as a lullaby?

Sutton referring to a line of spit-up as a badge of honor. If that’s true then I wonder what he calls the poop?

Dwight’s momma assuring Sutton that the baby would remember he loved her.

Catherine pointing out to her dad all the things he did to take care of his girls when their mother died.

The sigh of relief Dwight gave when he saw that both of the girls were okay.

Dwight negotiating with Whitehead to make sure that they told Sutton the baby was named Penaria.

What did you think of this episode of Memphis Beat? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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